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Alliance for Research Progress

The Alliance for Research Progress (Alliance) is a group of patient and family advocates from national voluntary organizations representing individuals with mental illness, as well as their family members and all those concerned about them. The Alliance is convened annually to hear information on research advances, to allow representatives to share their views and concerns about current Institute priorities directly with the NIMH Director and senior staff, and to encourage networking among stakeholder groups.

Meetings Highlights

2020 NIMH Joint Alliance-Coalition for Research Progress Town Hall

October 5, 2020 The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) held a virtual Town Hall to bring together the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress and the NIMH Professional Coalition for Research Progress. The meeting featured three presentations from National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff who spoke about ongoing mental health research initiatives, a brief discussion panel with these presenters, and an hour-long question-and-answer session with Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of NIMH, outlining NIMH’s new outreach approach to increase public access to mental health research, and to facilitate communication between NIMH, professional societies, and advocacy groups.

October 19, 2018, Bethesda, MD

Featured presentations and discussion focused on Prediction and Prevention of Psychosis in At Risk Youth, Evaluation of the National Zero Suicide Model in Real-World Clinical Settings, the Role of Cognitive Neuroscience in Alleviating Neuropsychiatric Symptom, and an NIMH Alliance Engagement Session.

September 15, 2017, Bethesda, MD

Featured presentations and discussion focused on Pioneering Fast-Acting Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Mechanism and Treatment of Depression, and Family-Centered Research: New Approaches to Partner with Consumers to Improve Child Mental Health Services.

For copies of summaries of meetings held prior to 2017, please email